Th­ese thugs are giv­ing us a bad name

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

“Labour MP smashed in face with brick by mo­tor­bike thug”, read the head­lines over and over again.

Now I don’t wish to be picky (ob­vi­ously, I do), but what the head­line should have said was some­thing along the lines of: “Labour MP smashed in face with brick by a thug, who just so hap­pened to be rid­ing a mo­tor­bike, but he’s most def­i­nitely not a mo­tor­cy­clist in the true mean­ing of the word!”

Point is, th­ese peo­ple are thugs not mo­tor­cy­clists. The ris­ing crime­wave – es­pe­cially in Lon­don – is ap­palling and the po­lice are getting se­ri­ously con­cerned about the vi­cious at­tacks that are mak­ing most Daily Mail read­ers quiver in their Hush Pup­pies (see page 6). But the knock-on, neg­a­tive ef­fect it’s hav­ing in mo­tor­cy­cling must be tack­led... by all of us.

Write to your lo­cal (or na­tional) pa­per and ask them to write fac­tu­ally ac­cu­rate head­lines, tell your friends that most mo­tor­cy­clists are lawabid­ing, thro­r­oughly up­stand­ing (most of the time) pil­lars of the com­mu­­vise and sup­port young­sters who have the po­ten­tial to get into bikes and grass up the thugs who just so hap­pen to ride mo­tor­bikes and do re­ally evil things. ANDY CALTON

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